New Year – One Month In, 5 Revelations

January 27, 2010

Well, here we are almost a month into the new year already!  Did you make New Year’s Resolutions?  Chances are if you did, you probably have already abandoned more than half of them and the other half are on their way. I don’t usually don’t make resolutions but this year I had revelations.  This method […]

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Virtual Assistant Conference ~ April 2010

December 17, 2009

The Illinois Virtual Assistants Connection (ILVAC) is hosting a Virtual Assistant Conference in the Chicago area April 9th & 10th, 2010. ILVAC is a networking group of Virtual Assistants based in Illinois who meet regularly with a mission to provide a community for learning, communications and sharing of VA best practices. The conference is a […]

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Year In Review – Asking the 3 Important Questions

December 1, 2009

As we come to the close of 2009 we look ahead to the holiday season and for our businesses the beginning of a new year.  What questions are you asking? For a small business we don’t generally have board meetings, year end reviews and the like to add structure and ask the important questions when […]

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5 Decisions to Make Before Creating A Website

November 11, 2009

Most small businesses have a website, whether they created it or had it done for them.  Still there are some who don’t or who are considering updating their current site.  These items should be in a checklist to provide you or your programmer direction in the creation of your site. What is the purpose of […]

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Flu Season 2009 – Seasonal & H1N1

September 1, 2009

According to the CDC the seasonal flu affects over 5 – 20% of the United States population is affected by seasonal flu; beginning as early as October, peaking in January and continuing into March.  H1N1 or the Swine Flu will strike during the same time-frame this year with the CDC projecting it to affect up […]

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Social Media – 7 Things I Have Learned

August 26, 2009

Having come recently from the corporate cubile world in sales operations, social media was something only the kids and others who didn’t work 8-10 hours a day did. Wasn’t it? Boy, was I wrong!  There is a whole world in this Social Media thing, with must haves, must do’s, must don’ts and more.  After setting up my […]

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Have a Successful Trip With These 7 Travel Tips

August 5, 2009

Courtesy of Marlene Eldemire: Having spent 20+ years working in and around the travel industry, I suppose you can say I’ve heard all of the travel horror stories.  Some of them I’ve even experienced myself.  You can never get enough travel advice from a seasoned travel pro, and I consider my business travel clients to […]

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Motivational Seminars – Attend or Not?

July 17, 2009

I received a flyer for the GET MOTIVATED Business Seminar in June. In the past, I attended one of these paid for by my employer and enjoyed it immensely – should I spend the money, on what seemed like a frivolous expense?  The price was right, but it was 100 miles away and would take a […]

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Your Small Business Carbon Footprint

June 11, 2009

Alot of talk about Carbon Footprint — what does it mean, how can a small business reduce it’s footprint. What does it mean? According to Wikipedia — A carbon footprint is “the total set of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organization, event or product” (UK Carbon Trust 2008). An […]

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Do You Have Sales Admin Staff Available?

May 28, 2009

During the last year due to the economy companies have downsized or eliminated the Sales Administrative staff to cut costs.  How has this impacted your sales efforts? Are you doing more admin work?  Is this cutting into your available time to make sales – to meet your goals?  Of course it is!  How can you […]

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